Although you may or may not have heard of it, every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people take the time to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community. Whether it’s giving money to a community entity or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to recognizing what is dear to us.
The Peninsula Community Library’s annual appeal letter was mailed out on November 15th. I want to thank everyone in our library family who has donated or are planning to donate. Please know that you are making a difference.
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At the end of last fiscal year, our small library held a collection of over 18,000 items and retrieved 15,000. A total of 18,774 people visited the library. PCL staff answered 2,267 reference questions – and yes! We follow it all!
Through the Michigan Library’s MeLCat program, 5,500 items were loaned to other state libraries and Other Libraries, we borrowed 3,500 items for our own clients. More than 3,000 people took part in 150 activities and programs – in a year when a pandemic limited programming and sometimes restricted hours on the sidewalk only. In the fiscal year to date, we have distributed over 1,800 of these popular craft bags!
It was all managed on a budget – in a new building – of less than $ 280,000 with a full time equivalent of just 2.63! The Peninsula Community Library is the HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY thanks to you! YOU are family! Thank you for all you do for PCL! I’ve included a copy of the annual appeal letter at the bottom of this story, in case we missed you!
Program changes at the library
Due to the Covid outbreak, we have made some slight changes to the program schedule in our recent newsletter. BEJEWELED, the Ornament Making Course for Adults on December 7, still requires an RSVP, but will run as a DIY in the library from 10 to 4. Masks are required to attend programs. Story Stew will not be taking place as a library program this month or January. However, take-out bags for preschoolers will be available the second and fourth weeks of the month. Regular craft bags are also available for the first and third weeks for children and the second week for adults. Note that there is no local history talk in December.
Letters to Santa Claus will be accepted in the children’s area until December 18. Your children are welcome to use the paper provided by Santa’s mailbox in the library or to bring one from home. Parents must first address an envelope to their child so that the merry old elf can respond. Crafts are still available in-house for the kids in the kids’ area. Come this week make a paper dreidel! Next week we have beaded candy cane ornaments!
Our men’s group is growing and they are inviting the men in our community to attend the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. for speaker programs of interest to our community. Send me an email, [email protected], to have your name added for notifications.
Winter is coming; Book sale Donations
If the weather changes, be aware that if TCAPS closes due to the weather, PCL is also closed. Our parking lot is often slippery on these days, so if using the outdoor drop box, be careful!
The Friends of the Peninsula Community Library is re-accepting donations (for their annual book sale during the warmer months) on the first and third Mondays of the month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the door of Carriage House. Please have your items in small to medium sized boxes in your safe so that volunteers can help bring them in.
We cannot accept Reader’s Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, magazines (including National Geographic), VHS tapes, manuals, outdated technology manuals, outdated medical information, dirty, moldy, damaged items. water or with excessive markings or highlights. Ask yourself, “Would I buy it?” »Small donations of a small box of undamaged items will be accepted at any time at the library reception if you are unable to donate at the specified time.
As we enter a season of many celebrations across cultures, religions and family traditions, I wish you the joy of preparation and anticipation. Take some time for yourself with a book, a film or a moment of calm by our fireplace in the library! We hope to see you soon!
PCL Annual Appeal Letter – November 15, 2021
An African proverb teaches: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. As is true at the Peninsula Community Library. The community built our new library. When life changed in a pandemic, we were always there for each other.
It was a hybrid year. The doors were closed. The doors were open. New services have evolved and are still with us because you love them! Curbside pickup, virtual with in-person programming, 24/7 Wi-Fi, on-the-go craft bags. Oh, those craft bags! It all started with a toilet paper pumpkin and took off from there. This year to date we’ve given out 1,800 bags – from cake kits and lights for wine bottles to wreaths and kites. And whatever “normal” is, we have come back to it for the most part as well.
Jane Boursaw of Old Mission Gazette shares: “The Peninsula Community Library has been a cherished part of my life since the day I was born 61 years ago! My mother, Mary Johnson, volunteered at the library during our school years at PAHO, but was also part of the visionary board that purchased the land on which the new library sits. She always said she wanted to see it built before she died. I’m so glad this dream has come true. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the legacy of our library over the years, and to everyone who ensures that it is always the heart of our OMP community.
7th and 11th graders Emily and Lauren Stuart grew up here! They write: “PCL is more than just a library. It is a place of welcome in our community. When you walk through these doors, the staff, or family as we like to call them, have created an environment that feels more like home. As students, we want to spend time in our local library, whether it’s making one of their awesome crafts, relaxing with a good book, or volunteering at events. The Peninsula Community Library is the place to be!
Boss Shelley Cowan said, “After moving to a rural area, the physical signs that you experience in a community can be more difficult to spot. When I moved to OMP, I started meeting people I had met at the Peninsula Community Library. For me, there is nothing like other book lovers to let you know that you are home!
What makes us a community library? You do! A boss, noticing the tall grass along the road, came back to cut it. Volunteers weed our gardens, put away books and prepare crafts. The Friends of PCL support us in so many ways! A library without people is just a warehouse. You make us a library. We are here for you too. One client put it eloquently: “Libraries always save me. You saved me.”
With your kind gift, the Peninsula Community Library will continue to deliver everything you love. As the director of your library, I am always grateful for your support. The Peninsula Community Library is the heart of our community thanks to all of you! YOU are family!
Vicki Shurly, Director